SOUTH AFRICA

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Wildekrans Cabernet Franc Merlot
2008 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard: 3 333 Vines per hectare.
Soil Type: Estcourt, Klapmuts Cartref
Vine Age: 16 years old.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: March through to April 2008.
Yield: 3.5 t/ha.

Vinification:

This is a blend of 75% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot.
After an early morning harvest the cool grapes are brought into the cellar and then undergo cold maceration for 3 to 4 days to extract soft tannins and ripe fruit flavors before allowing fermentation to begin.
Throughout vinification handling was kept to a minimum to ensure that true fruit flavors were preserved.
No filtering.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Light ruby.
Nose: Clear spices on the nose mixed with mocha.
Palate: Dark cherry and blackberry with firm tannins on the finish while remaining supple.
Other: Pairs well with roasts or grilled steak.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14
RS (g/l): 3.9
TA (g/l): 5.1
pH: 3.52